Friday, 13 January 2017

My Dream Book Conference

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So some explaining.. This post was all set up to be posted for ages but well then the bad weather came and if your a blogger you know blog photos just can't happen when the weather isn't great! Next thing it was Christmas and New Year and I didn't think it was appropriate to post this then so that's what I've waited for the new year for 2017!

Today I'm bringing you my dream book conference.

I teamed up with Eventbrite for this post to bring you my dream book conference! Eventbrite run loads of conferences and you can find ones in your area here - https://www.eventbrite.com/l/conferences/%22

Now I love all kinds of fiction; romance, drama, fantasy, historical and suspense so I couldn't just pick one genre! I then thought I'd love to hear Paula Hawkins talk the women who wrote The Girl On The Train as I've just finished reading it (highly recommend) and I have so many questions! But that got me thinking into what she thought about her movie so my dream book panel includes authors who's books have become movies and TV shows.


First off I'd love Paula Hawkins as previously said because damn that book was good! I had to wait for my copy till both my parents had read it and they both loved it too!

An obvious choice in my eyes was also J.K Rowling I mean come on her the movie adaptation of Harry Potter is absolutely huge probably even bigger than the books! I loved to hear about what the wizarding world was like in her eyes and if the big screen did it any justice.

John Green was another choice of mine. During the making of TFIOS we saw a lot of footage of him on set and he became such good pals with the cast and of course TFIOS kind of blew up I mean it's our generation's Notebook. It's such a difficult topic to cover cancer so that's what I'd love to hear him discuss as he did it in quite a non sad way.

Next is Cassandra Clare. Here series The Mortal Instruments had a move that kind of totally failed... but now has a huge TV show on Netflix so that would be such a cool perspective to get as she has had both movie and TV.

Diana Gabaldon is the genius behind historical fiction series Outlander and oh my god. So many questions so many questions! Obviously being Scottish I'd love to listen as to why she picked Scotland in that era of time and how she went about researching it all!

Finally one of my favourite books and films ever is If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I've read the book and watched the film a hundred times over so really I'd just love to meet her haha!

Those are my dream book panel members, Who are yours?
 Let me know!

Catriona...

Monday, 24 October 2016

Rainy Days Are For Reading

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There is nothing I love more than sitting inside on a rainy day curled up with a good book.

Being inside when it is blowing a gale and absolutely chucking it down outside there just isn't anything more cosy than sitting down on the couch wrapped up in a blanket or in your bed with your duvet and spending your time reading.

                 

I think days like this are more acceptable during the autumn and winter months because who wants to be outside in the freezing cold?!

Friday, 21 October 2016

What Have I Been Listening To In October?

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It's been forever since I shared with you one if my playlists so I thought I would just share one with you!

These are the songs that I have been listening to in October some I'm sure you will know and some probably not! If you like the sound of the playlist then you can find it on Spotify and listen there.


  1. Victorious - Panic! At The Disco
  2. Firefly - Mura Masa
  3. She's Casual - The Hunna
  4. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
  5. Air - Shawn Mendes ft. Astrid S
  6. Painful To Watch - FOURS
  7. This Town - Niall Horan
  8. When The Night Is Over - Lucia Fontaine
  9. Bad Decisions - Two Door Cinema Club
  10. Lovesick - Banks
  11. Machines That Breathe - Be Charlotte
  12. All We Know - The Chainsmokers and Phoebe Ryan
  13. Ocean Eyes - Billie Eilish Astronomy
  14. Fresh Eyes - Andy Grammer
  15. Waster Youth - Sody Martin and Luke Brown
  16. Loudspeaker - MUNA
  17. home - morgxn
  18. Emtpy Book - Nieves
  19. Blow Your Mind (Mwah) - Dua Lipa
  20. Somebody Else - Vertite
  21. Shout Out To My Ex - Little Mix
  22. Back To You (Acoustic) - Mollie King
  23. Atic - Astrid S
So that's my playlist of the month so far! I'm sure I'll be adding some to it haha. Personal favourite are Firefly by Mura Masa, Machines That Breathe by Be Charlotte and also Verite's cover of The 1975's Somebody Else.

What have you been listening to this month? Let me know in the comments.

Catriona...

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Girls Night | Photo Diary

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At the weekend my best friend Kirsty came to visit me and we had a girls night and I thought I would share all the photos as I think they are cute. Honestly this post is just for me to come and just be reminded of a great weekend.

First up was a wee catch-up over dinner! We headed to Zizzi's as we knew we would find something we would love! I got the seafood risotto and Kirsty's was a red pesto dish. We also got one of the special autumnal cocktails it involved passion fruit, vodka and prosecco.!

                                 

After heading back to my flat to get ready over Taylor Swift and prosecco we just HAD to take some Snapchat filter selfies.

                                  

When it was time to hit the town we felt that a lift selfie was very needed!

                                  

Again more cocktails... We headed to a bar called The Social in Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow. There was so many different cocktails to choose from but we went with one called The Solero.

                                   

I didn't get many photos in the club, we went to The Shimmy again in Royal Exchange Square as we hadn't been before. It was a good club very booth orientated with a good sized dance floor. There was only one room which I'm not fond on but it was still great. Here's one of the club photos we got.


Finally the night ended up a drunk KFC obvs... But I didn't get a photo (sorry was drunk and forgot) but on Sunday we did get an almighty scran from Dominos!

                                           

That was my girls night on Saturday. Do yours look similar?

Catriona...

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Halloween Costumes For A Student Budget | Under £20

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Halloween is always just a really stressful time of the year for me. I mean you have to actually decide what you want to be which I can never do, order your costume which never seems to fit me or ever look right and then organise plans for what you are actually doing which I always leave till last minute.

In fact Halloween is always a last minute affair for me and well this year I am changing that! I've been on the hunt for a good costume since the 1st I even ordered one and it looked awful so was sent back so I'm now back on the hint for a costume that looks good and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I'm on a student budget after all so all of these costumes are £20 and less!

Here is a few costumes I have seen while scrolling and scrolling through the internet in both the 'sexy' and 'scary' categories as that is always a girls dilemma on what she is to wear!


Monday, 10 October 2016

My First Experience With Liquid Lipstick

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Every blogger and their Mum seem to be going on and on about their love for the liquid lipstick craze at the moment. After seeing so many people rap on about it I took a trip to Boots; can see the whole haul here where I picked one up for £5.50 which I think is super affordable. In fact I think all of NYX's products are super affordable! So let's see what I thought!


Near enough every post I read on liquid lipstick featured the brand NYX so I headed straight to my local NYX counter to see what was available. Here I found the Soft Matte Lip Cream collection and thought well this is the range for me.

I had no clue what kind of shade to go for of course I knew that autumn was coming but felt a dark red was too 'out there' for my first shade and I was't too keen on the super neutral shades that are of a more brown tone so decided that pinky brown tone might be better. I went with the shade 'Cannes' which is number 19.

Now I love the matte lip look but the problem with it is that some products dry your lips after application and I can definitely say that the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream didn't do that for me. Quite the opposite. My lips definitely felt dare I say it? Moist... Ugh hate that word!

The great thing about this product is that it lasts for ages and you hardly ever have to re-apply it! I've worn it a bunch now both on nights out as well as day to day. I only ever need to re-apply it once maybe twice depending on the situation but you can definitely have a few drinks before you need to think about re-applicating.

Here's an awful photo of  me at 2am trying to finish this post!
As this is my first ever liquid lipstick I was a bit worried about the whole application process as I'm so used to just swiping my trusty Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick's across my lips and off I go. It takes a bit of time to get it looking right but easy enough especially for a novice when it comes to make up like me! It has a great smell which doesn't put you off using it which is great as I hate when products smell weird. It also drys matte pretty instantly so don't need to worry about smudging it.

I would definitely recommend the whole Soft Matte Lip Cream range to all of you guys! I'm definitely off to go get some more shades as well as look at the rest of NYX's products! 

Are you a fan of liquid lipstick?

Catriona...




Friday, 7 October 2016

The Hunna | Gig Review 2/10/16

Hey Guys,

I went to a sold out gig on Sunday 2nd October at The Garage in Glasgow to see a band called The Hunna. They are an indie rock band from England and currently on tour promoting their debut album 'The 100'.

Not going to lie I ended up missing the first support band; The Night Cafe as I didn't get there till half 7 which I am totally gutted about! I found this band a few weeks ago and been crushing hard on their music since I found them. I had no clue they were supporting The Hunna otherwise I would of been right there for their set.


The second support act was Blaenavon and I did see these guys! The lead singer looked exactly like one of my old flatmates and it took me ages to realise that it wasn't actually him... His hair swishy was very swishy haha. Their music definitely got the crowd going and buzzing for The Hunna. I definitely want to look into these guys and see what they sound like on a recording and see if it is any different to them live. A stand out track was 'My Bark Is Your Bite' that was so catchy!